The Department of History at Lafayette College seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member with a specialization in the history of Africa. All regional specializations, time periods, and topics of study will be considered. The successful candidate will teach four courses in the first year and five courses per year thereafter, most of them in African history. An ability to teach world history, historiography and historical methods, and/or in an interdisciplinary program is also valued.

Located within 70 miles of New York and Philadelphia, Lafayette College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts and engineering institution with significant resources to support faculty members in their teaching and scholarship. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. All Lafayette operations reflect the College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.


Candidates should have a Ph.D in History in hand by fall 2023, preferably by the start date of the appointment, July 1, 2023.

Application Instructions

Please upload application materials electronically through Interfolio at Applications should include a letter of application, a c.v., three letters of recommendation, an article or chapter-length writing sample, a teaching statement and one syllabus for a course in African history. In your application, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service might support Lafayette College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement ( The application deadline is October 23 at 11:59 pm. We plan on conducting preliminary interviews in mid-November via Zoom.

Technical questions can be directed to Interfolio’s Support Team by emailing Questions about the position may be directed to the head of the History Department, Professor Rebekah Pite (